Architects of Piety: The Cappadocian Fathers and the Cult of by Vasiliki M. Limberis

By Vasiliki M. Limberis

This e-book offers a brand new means of figuring out the function of the cult of the martyrs for the Cappadocian Fathers and their households. The examine indicates that the cult of the martyrs was once so renowned between all social degrees of Christians, together with the Cappadocian Fathers, that it shaped the rudimentary framework for Christian piety within the fourth century. while Christianity turned the country faith in 325, the elemental presupposition of martyrdom as Christian id turned ambiguous. therefore it was once paramount for the Cappadocians to maintain, evolve, and symbolize how martyr piety healthy into the Christian existence after the Constantinian cost. The publication finds the Cappadocians' tireless merchandising of martyr piety via cautious expositions of the ritual of the panegyris and significance of the calendar, their pastoral teachings via panegyrics to the martyrs, and the triumphs and frustrations of establishing a martyrium. Limberis additionally demonstrates how the Cappadocians fastened a twin of the martyrs on their households' identities endlessly, displaying how the veneration of the martyrs contributed to practising Christian religion in a familial context. The learn demonstrates that the neighborhood martyr cults have been so robust that the Cappadocian Fathers promoted their very own kinfolk as martyrs, and claimed different martyrs as their ancestors. The learn additionally engages how gender and theories of kinship complicate their texts, either for the Cappadocians and for us.

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